Fast Facts

About Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is among the world’s finest beach destinations, with fine white sands, nodding palm trees, glittering seas and lively towns. It has something for a wide array of tastes and budgets, with hundreds of hotels to choose from, an eclectic choice of dining and plenty of partying options. Aside from visiting the fantastic attractions of Thailand’s biggest island, you can take an exhilarating speedboat trip to the many nearby tropical islands, including the famous Koh Phi Phi, or enjoy a serene cruise around the mystical Phang Nga Bay. Phuket is blessed with more than 30 amazing beaches to choose from. Patong Beach, Kata, Karon and Kamala have always been the most popular, but the north of the island reveals some hidden gems for travelers.

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Custom Clearance

For more detailed information: https://www.tourismthailand.org

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Visa Requirements

To find out more about Thailand’s VISA requirements: http://www.consular.go.th

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Religion

Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism

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Time

The time zone in Phuket, Thailand is GMT + 7 hours.

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Business Days

Most of the companies open at 08.30 am – 05.30 pm, every Monday to Friday. Major shopping malls and markets open from (an average) 10.00 am. – 10.00 pm. However, in travel cities like Phuket, opening hours of most tourist attractions and street markets are a bit longer.

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Climate

January is one of the most pleasant times of the year to be in Phuket, as it falls during the dry season. Most days bring bright blue skies and relatively low humidity, while the sea is warm and calm. With the intense sunshine and heat, plenty of sunscreen is important for protection and to dress lightly.
Average Max Temperature: 32°C

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Language

Thai, English, Mandarin

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Currency

Thai Baht (THB)
1THB = 0.032USD

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Banking Hours

Banks open every Monday – Friday from 08.30 am – 03.30 pm except some branches especially those in the department stores open daily from 10.30 am – 07.30 pm.

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Security and Emergency Numbers

Ambulance: 1669
Tourist police:: 1155
Fire: 199

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Currency & Credit Cards

The currency of Thailand is the Baht. 1THB = 0.032USD

Paper currency comes in 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20. Bank notes are scaled as well as colored according to value. The larger the denomination, the larger the size of the note. Coins come in 10 Baht, 5 Baht, 1 Baht, 50-Satang and 25-Satang denominations.

Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted cards, followed by American Express and Japan Card Bureau (JCB). Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, tour agencies, as well as certain restaurants and shops. However, you will need cash for markets, street stalls and when paying for transport.

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Electricity

The standard voltage in Thailand is 220 volts at 50hz.

Electricity

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Dress Code

Appearance should always be clean and neat. For business meetings, men should wear suits and ties; women should wear suits or dresses. Overly casual or sloppy attire during business meetings is not appropriate.

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Medical Care

If you have a medical condition that requires ongoing treatment, you are kindly advised to bring enough medication for the total length of your stay. Also, do ensure that you bring along a medical certificate that sanctions the use of relevant prescribed medicines since certain substances are prohibited. Lastly, do ensure that you have adequate travel insurance that covers you for healthcare, in case of an emergency. Hospitals and clinics in Phuket can handle most medical emergencies.

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Getting Around

For transfers from Phuket International Airport, there’s only 1 authorized ‘limousine’ service with fixed fares. Expect to pay 100–200 baht for a shared minibus or up to 500 baht for a private taxi, depending on your destination.

There are metered taxis just outside the airport terminal, as well as tourist areas like Patong and Phuket Town. Fares start from 50 baht for the first 2 km and 8 baht per additional km. For longer distances, your taxi may charge a flat rate. A 100-baht surcharge will be levied if departing from the airport.

Air-conditioned car taxis can be hired at all the main resort areas and in Phuket Town. Rates are like tuk-tuks. Many of these are being converted into metered taxis in an island-wide drive to improve the transport system.

A convenient way to hail a taxi in Phuket is by downloading the Grab app into your mobile phone.

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Custom Clearance

For more detailed information: Click here

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Visa Requirements

To find out more about Thailand’s VISA requirements: Click here

religions

Religion

Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism

time

Time

The time zone in Phuket, Thailand is GMT + 7 hours.

business-meeting-date-day-page-on-daily-calendar

Business Days

Most of the companies open at 08.30 am – 05.30 pm, every Monday to Friday. Major shopping malls and markets open from (an average) 10.00 am. – 10.00 pm. However, in travel cities like Phuket, opening hours of most tourist attractions and street markets are a bit longer.

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Climate

January is one of the most pleasant times of the year to be in Phuket, as it falls during the dry season. Most days bring bright blue skies and relatively low humidity, while the sea is warm and calm. With the intense sunshine and heat, plenty of sunscreen is important for protection and to dress lightly.
Average Max Temperature: 32°C

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Language

Thai, English, Mandarin

dollar-sign-and-piles-of-coins

Currency

Thai Baht (THB)
1THB = 0.032USD

business-meeting-date-day-page-on-daily-calendar

Banking Hours

Banks open every Monday – Friday from 08.30 am – 03.30 pm except some branches especially those in the department stores open daily from 10.30 am – 07.30 pm.

siren-light

Security and Emergency Numbers

Ambulance: 1669
Tourist police:: 1155
Fire: 199

taxi

Currency & Credit Cards

The currency of Thailand is the Baht. 1THB = 0.032USD

Paper currency comes in 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20. Bank notes are scaled as well as colored according to value. The larger the denomination, the larger the size of the note. Coins come in 10 Baht, 5 Baht, 1 Baht, 50-Satang and 25-Satang denominations.

Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted cards, followed by American Express and Japan Card Bureau (JCB). Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, tour agencies, as well as certain restaurants and shops. However, you will need cash for markets, street stalls and when paying for transport.

power-cord

Electricity

The standard voltage in Thailand is 220 volts at 50hz.

Electricity

clothes-hanger

Dress Code

Appearance should always be clean and neat. For business meetings, men should wear suits and ties; women should wear suits or dresses. Overly casual or sloppy attire during business meetings is not appropriate.

heartbeat

Medical Care

If you have a medical condition that requires ongoing treatment, you are kindly advised to bring enough medication for the total length of your stay. Also, do ensure that you bring along a medical certificate that sanctions the use of relevant prescribed medicines since certain substances are prohibited. Lastly, do ensure that you have adequate travel insurance that covers you for healthcare, in case of an emergency. Hospitals and clinics in Phuket can handle most medical emergencies.

taxi

Getting Around

For transfers from Phuket International Airport, there’s only 1 authorized ‘limousine’ service with fixed fares. Expect to pay 100–200 baht for a shared minibus or up to 500 baht for a private taxi, depending on your destination.

There are metered taxis just outside the airport terminal, as well as tourist areas like Patong and Phuket Town. Fares start from 50 baht for the first 2 km and 8 baht per additional km. For longer distances, your taxi may charge a flat rate. A 100-baht surcharge will be levied if departing from the airport.

Air-conditioned car taxis can be hired at all the main resort areas and in Phuket Town. Rates are like tuk-tuks. Many of these are being converted into metered taxis in an island-wide drive to improve the transport system.

A convenient way to hail a taxi in Phuket is by downloading the Grab app into your mobile phone.